#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 312


短歌 火曜日

In case you missed last week’s poetry, here are the poet’s links from the 3/14/23 Synonyms Only Prompt challenge using synonyms for the words, GREEN & SPRING:

1.ladyleemanila10.Paula Light19.Jules
3.Reena Saxena12.Balroop Singh21.AJ
4.Gwen Plano13.Li/ Lisa22.The Versesmith
5.ben Alexander14.tuba Sarwat23.Yvette M Calleiro
6.Annette Rochelle Aben15.Cheryl24.Ruth Klein
7.willowdot2116.Luanne Castle25.kittysverses
8.Melissa Lemay17.D. L. Finn26.Colleen
9.Mark Bozeman18.Elizabeth27.Robbie Cheadle

SPRING is in the air! This #TankaTuesday challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by works of art.

I’m fascinated by fine art. Sadly, I know little about the subject. Much of my newfound knowledge comes from Rebecca Budd’s blog, Chasing Art. Many thanks to Rebecca for the inspiration.

This painting was featured on Rebecca’s post:

#FridayPainting: Claude Monet “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny”

Le Jardin de l’artiste à Giverny
English: The Artist’s Garden at Giverny, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Artist%27s_Garden_at_Giverny

From Wikipedia:

The Artist’s Garden at Giverny (French:Le Jardin de l’artiste à Giverny) is an oil on canvas painting by Claude Monet done in 1900 now in the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

It is one of many works by the artist of his garden at Giverny over the last thirty years of his life. The painting shows rows of irises in various shades of purple and pink set diagonally across the picture plane. The flowers are under trees that in allowing dappled light through change the tone of their colours. Beyond the trees is a glimpse of Monet’s house.


💐 This week, using the painting as your inspiration, please write either a syllabic poetry form or a freestyle poem, including a syllabic form (both on the same post). 💐

Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms.

Here is more information on how to write an Ekphrastic poem: How Do You Write an Ekphrastic Poem.

“Ekphrastic poems exist to respond to a piece of art critically, analytically, and reverentially.”

Ekphrastic poetry explained

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:


A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more.


This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.


For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Please include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL, the https:// address of this post into your post).

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Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

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So, who wants to have fun and write some poetry?

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

45 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 312

  1. Monet’s Impressionistic works are so atmospheric. It’s like falling into soft clouds of light-speckles. Lovely choice for starting off point, especially for those of us who have just welcomed Spring – even if it’s been lightly snowing 😂 — we can dream.

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      1. We have wet snow falling – the sky is moody grey – the trees are iced in white garlands – LOL – but the birds are trilling madly …. so if they can sing, well then, I shall too …. and just wait for it …. all the juicy greens … so it is we dream in the waiting space between now and not quite arrived yet …

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      1. How fun to be working on your gardens this year, Colleen. I love getting my hands in the dirt and making things grow!. Here, it’s a full time job just keeping the forest (and weeds) at bay. Flowers end up being an afterthought. Thanks for the beautiful prompt!

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  2. Hi Colleen. It’s such a beautiful painting that I wanted to respond, but I was having trouble with writing in a syllabic form. I decided to try a Fibonacci poem after Jane wrote some, but I played with the form a bit. I hope that’s OK. It’s still syllabic. 😅


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